Pension Schemes Bill (Part 2): New funding requirements likely to increase funding demands on DB scheme sponsors

The Pension Schemes Bill, introduced in Parliament on 15 October 2019, contained some significant new funding requirements for defined benefit (DB) occupational pension schemes. If the requirements are introduced as proposed it is likely to mean most corporate sponsors will be required to pay more money into their DB schemes more quickly than anticipated. The … Read more

Pension Schemes Bill (Part 1) – Directors, banks and investors put on notice as new criminal sanctions and regulatory powers are significantly wider than expected

Following the announcement of a new Pension Schemes Bill in the Queen’s Speech on 14 October 2019, the Bill has now been published. As anticipated, the Bill contains a number of significant new powers for the Pensions Regulator. However, the proposed new powers are significantly wider than many in the industry expected. If they are … Read more

Pension Schemes Bill published

The Pension Schemes Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech on Monday has been introduced in Parliament. You can view the Bill here. The Bill contains provisions which, if it reaches the statute books, will: introduce new powers for the Pensions Regulator enable employers to establish Collective DC schemes (based on the model developed by Royal … Read more

Pensions Bill announced in Queen’s Speech

The long-awaited Pension Bill has been announced in the Queen’s speech today. We understand that the Bill (which will be a ‘Pension Schemes Bill’) could be published as soon as tomorrow. We are also expecting the Regulator to launch the first part of its consultation on the principles and framework for the new defined benefit … Read more

Tougher pensions regulation survey – your views and experiences

The Pensions Regulator has said that it is taking a “clearer, quicker and tougher” approach to pensions regulation. But what impact is this having in practice? To find out, we invite you to complete our tougher pensions regulation survey to share: your experiences of dealing with the Pensions Regulator, and your views on the Regulator’s … Read more

What can we expect from the next Pensions Bill?

Although making any kind of political prediction at present is a fool's errand, it seems to be a question of when, rather than if, we get the next Pensions Bill. The indications are that a Bill will be included in the next Queen's speech. It now appears that this will take place "at the end of May". However, with the timing of her departure still unknown, your bet is as good as mine as to when the Bill will actually emerge. But, what can we expect when it is finally introduced? Read more

Regulator’s annual funding statement raises the funding bar

The Pensions Regulator has published its 2019 annual funding statement for defined benefit (DB) schemes. The statement: reflects the Regulator’s tougher approach confirms the Regulator’s focus on reducing the length of deficit recovery plans and requiring schemes to set a long term funding target, and makes clear the Regulator’s intention to police the payment of … Read more